WIP Wednesday - Glitter quilt blocks
This week I've been working on my Glitter blocks, making piles of fabrics, cutting so much I'm getting a callus, (a.k.a. quilter's finger), and then slowly getting faster at sewing the blocks. It's actually become super satisfying ironing my pretty Y seams - who knew I could do those? Oh - and I finally figured out that I needed to press the seams of the main shape towards the background fabric! It's a lot of trial and error when you don't have any quilters around you.
I finally bought some template plastic, (I cut an entire queen size Single Girl quilt with paper templates!), and invested in one of those rotating cutting mats. Both have made cutting easier so it was money well spent. While at work I photocopied the template, and enlarged it to 125%, so the unfinished blocks are 11.5" by 4.75". Since this quilt is going to be a mixture of fabrics and colours, I'm approaching each block's colour scheme as if it were a stand-alone mini quilt. It's a lot of fun choosing the combinations of three fabrics, and I think this could be key in keeping the momentum going till I reach 128 blocks! I hesitate to call this "scrappy", because I am using fat quarters and yardage, and not true scraps.
This is going to be a very labour-intense quilt, for sure, but I also feel like when it's done it's going to be the most beautiful quilt I've ever made. Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely, has really revolutionized how I think about my stash, and I've been breaking up previously intact fat quarter bundles all week. I had kept at least 75% of my stash in the collection bundles (or curated bundles, or bundles I set aside for future quilts), but now I'm just throwing everything together and I'm going to reorganize 90% of it just by colour. This is major for me - full collection fat quarter bundles were sacred! I can definitely see more scrappy style projects in my future.
If you'd like to see more, you can follow me on instagram, and if you want to see some real eye candy, check out the #glitterquilt group!
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